i heard the following illustration in a sovereign grace sermon by pastor josh harris and knew immediately i need to hear it and apply it to myself. i thought i would share it with you.

when john wesley was a young man, he once wrote his mother a letter asking for a list of sins so that he could “feel secure” in his relationship with god.

rather than making a list of specific actions, she replied:

whatever weakens your reason, whatever impairs the tenderness of
your conscience, whatever obscures your sense of god, whatever
increases the authority of your body over your mind, whatever takes
away your relish for spiritual things; that to you is sin, no mater how
innocent it is in itself.

powerful and wise words, which in turn remind me of a quote by john stott:

“Some Christians sow to the flesh every day and wonder why they do not reap holiness.”

how often do i not only fail to hate sin, but also to “sow” holiness in my life by intentionally pursuing god.